When Kim Ng accepted the position of general manager for Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins she smashed more than one ceiling, paving the way for better representation in professional sports.
Ng made history being not only the first female GM in MLB, but also the first Asian American to hold the position, making her the highest-ranking female in the league’s team operations.
Further still, she is believed to be the first woman hired as a GM to head any professional men’s sport team in a North American major league.
The Commissioner of MLB, Robert Manfred Jr., noted the significance for others who may want to follow in Ng’s footsteps: “[Ng’s] appointment makes history in all of professional sports and sets a significant example for the millions of women and girls who love baseball and softball.”
He pointed to Ng’s hard work, leadership and record of achievement throughout her tenure in the sport; Ng began her lengthy career as an intern and has spent the last 30 years working her way up in the majors, holding positions with the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers in that time.
“This challenge is one I don’t take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals. My goal is now to bring Championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve,” said Ng in a news release.